Iris was so good in last night’s episode of The Flash that I’m still on a high. Candice Patton absolutely killed it. Iris had agency, she was funny, she was instrumental in not only helping to catch this week’s evil metahuman, Zombie Girder, but in getting Barry back from the Speed Force as well. She was also front and center as the female lead, and actively helping Team Flash in S.T.A.R. Labs.
This is what I’ve been wanting for her for an entire season and a half, and they finally gave it to us. I can only hope they keep it up, because now that I’ve gotten it, I don’t want to go back.
I wish I could find scenes of Iris and Cisco because they were absolute gold last night (more Irisco please), but there is lots of Westallen so I offer these up as a lovely substitute instead. Enjoy!
Looks like I’ll have another show to watch whenever Shooter premieres.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow) has been cast as the female lead opposite Ryan Phillippe in Shooter, USA Network’s upcoming drama series from Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods. She replaces Emily Rios, who played the part in the pilot.
The thriller, based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point Of Impact and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg, is written by John Hlavin and executive produced by Wahlberg. It stars Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger — the role played by Wahlberg in the movie — an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.
Addai-Robinson will play FBI agent Nadine Memphis. Nadine has a strong intuition and dogged determination which has made her a rising star in the Bureau, but her headstrong personality has also landed her in trouble in the past. As the arresting officer of a would-be-assassin, she may have set her career back on the fast track, but her gut tells her there’s more to this case. Not realizing the depth of the conspiracy, she unwittingly puts both her investigation and her life in jeopardy. [Deadline]
I’m not sure if I’m going to watch this one, but I’ll at least have to give it a look for the fabulous Lynn Whitfield. I’ll admit, I’m a bit intrigued.
When I first heard about this movie a couple of years ago, I said the same thing everyone else said at the time: What the hell? And now that the movie finally has a trailer and a release date, that sentiment hasn’t changed. Listen, I don’t begrudge any actress of color taking work where she can find it in the hellscape known as Hollywood, but this should have been a no-go from the start.
I was perplexed when I found out that Zoe Saldana was playing the role of the iconic Nina Simone because I just didn’t think she was right for the part. But my puzzlement over her casting turned into disgust and anger when I learned she had to have her skin darkened and a prosthetic nose applied in order to achieve Nina’s appearance. That was a deal breaker for me. And judging by the horrendous trailer that has recently been released, it should have also been a deal breaker for the filmmakers.
It’s so bad I suffer secondhand embarrassment every time I watch it.
Anyway, I’m not going to rehash a lot of what has been said about this movie. Most people aren’t happy that Zoe is playing the part, nor are they happy with Zoe for taking the part. All I know for certain is that I’ll be skipping this one. My money and time is better spent doing something else. Anything else.
You can take a peek at the trailer here.
Y’all. Y’all. Did you watch The Walking Dead last night? Did you? Because if you didn’t, you missed something momentous taking place. You missed a glorious culmination three long, frustrating seasons in the making. You missed the coming together of what is inarguably the most badass couple on television.
If you were unfortunate enough to miss the show last night, you also missed the wonder that was Michonne and Rick finally taking their relationship to the next level. And it was as amazing as I’ve always imaged it would be. It was…perfect. And I don’t use that term lightly. There’s no other way to describe it. It was tender and playful and sexy and sensuous. As usual, Danai Gurira’s and Andrew Lincoln’s natural chemistry was palpable, and they made what could have been an awkward first coupling both sweet and hot at the same time.
Continue reading #Richonne
After a two month hiatus, Sleepy Hollow returns this Friday and FOX has finally saw fit to give us a promo and a sneak peek at the upcoming mid-season premiere. It looks like Crane is still in his feelings about Abbie’s loss (he’d better be), and Agent Sophie is there to fill in temporarily until her return.
I’m honestly not sure what to expect from the second half of the season. While this season has been miles better than the disaster known as season two, it still feels like the magic is gone. Adding unnecessary characters into the mix like Betsy Ross and Zoe What’s-Her-Face have been a drag on the show, and from what I understand, they aren’t going anywhere. At least for the moment.
Here’s hoping they’ll at least be utilized better in the upcoming episodes. Here’s also hoping the writers stop wasting the chemistry between Abbie and Ichabod to prop up his other relationships. It’s hurting the show, and if the complaints by critics and fans aren’t enough to convince those in charge, the dismal ratings should.
Saturday Night Live jumped into the #OscarsSoWhite debate, and they did it in typical SNL style. The skit hilariously lampooned the Academy over the blatant lack of diversity in this year’s acting nominees.
It’s one of funniest SNL skits I’ve seen in a long time. But don’t take my word for it. You be the judge.
I haven’t watched America’s Next Top Model since the Eva Marcille and Yaya Dacosta days, so I was surprised at first that it was still on the air after all these years and then surprised again that the CW had decided to cancel it after 22 cycles.
But fear not! The show is being shopped around to other networks and streaming services, so there’s a chance it could live on.
America’s Next Top Model’s current 22nd cycle may not be its final runway bow. While the reality veteran is ending its run on the CW with a series finale on Dec. 4, I hear there is a possibility for a 23rd cycle elsewhere. I’ve learned that a new Top Model installment is currently being pitched to cable and streaming outlets. It is being shepherded by Top Model executive producer/showrunner Ken Mok. I hear the potential reboot is being done with co-creator/star Tyra Banks’ support. She is expected to continue as an executive producer, should Top Model find a new home. Her potential on-screen involvement is unclear at this time. (“I truly believe it’s time,” she wrote in reaction to the announcement of the show’s end on the CW last month.) [Deadline]
#BlackGirlMagic is taking over the covers of several magazines next month. Take a look at the gorgeous faces of Amandla Stenberg, Teyonah Parris, Yara Shahidi and Taraji P. Henson covering the February issues of Teen Vogue, Essence and Elle.
After what seemed like forever, BET finally put us all out of our misery and renewed Being Mary Jane for a fourth season. They sure took their sweet time making this official, didn’t they?
With creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil leaving BET to head over to Warner Brothers in May, I’ll admit that I had a bit of anxiety that they weren’t going to renew it. They would’ve been crazy not to since it’s their highest-rated scripted show, but none of the decisions these networks make completely surprises me nowadays.
Now that we’ve gotten another season, the only thing still left to worry about is whether the show can survive Mara’s departure. If they stick to what has worked over the past three seasons—great drama, storylines that continue to touch on current events, and amazing guest stars—they should be fine. I’m sure any new showrunner is going to want to put his or her own stamp on the show, but I really hope that they won’t try to fix what isn’t broken.
I don’t want next season to be it’s last.